Master of Science

  • Learn how college students develop as individuals and within a socio-cultural context, including the context of higher education.
  • Develop professional skills through practice via two 200-hour supervised internship and an optional 200-hour elective internship.
  • Learn about issues, trends, and challenges in higher education as well as how to implement and assess effective programs.
  • Benefit from being at — and having a graduate assistantship at — Nazareth's small, student-focused campus.

Program is Ideal For

  • Recent graduates with limited work experience and career changers who need experience and relevant coursework for a successful career in higher education.

Career Information

Develop the skills you need to begin (or advance) a professional career in higher education settings such as admissions, student success, career services, civic engagement, enrollment management, financial aid, first-year programming, registrar, residential life, student services, student affairs, student development, and student activities.

Student's Perspective

"Nazareth is a campus that makes you feel at home. Colleagues recognize that the students who are part of the HESAA program will soon join them in the field and they welcome us and treat us as members of their staff from the beginning; that's what makes this program strong. 
When I entered the program, I had to decide: keep my full-time job or take the opportunity to become a graduate assistant and gain additional experience in student affairs; I chose the latter. That G.A. work, along with an internship and networking, led me to be hired full-time in the Center for International Education after completing the first year of HESAA. Sometimes you have to take that leap of faith and trust the journey because in the end, it all works out."
Christina Luther '17G, Department Assistant, Center for International Education


What to Expect
  • Credits: 36 credit hours, including 21 for core courses, 9 for electives, and 6 for internships (one internship typically at Nazareth and one elsewhere).
  • An additional elective internship is possible for those who would like to extend the range or depth of the required internships.
  • A wide variety of internship opportunities at Nazareth, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Geneseo, and Monroe Community College offices, including student success, admissions, disabilities services, residential life, international student support, student conduct, diversity and multicultural programs, and athletics.
  • Preference is given to full-time students, but some part-time study is possible.
  • Graduate assistantships, which provide tuition credit, are offered on campus at Nazareth and at selected college campuses.
  • Learning is grounded in rigorous psychological theory about student development and assessment. Program aligns with American College Personnel Association and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators standards.

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Program Director

Diane M. Enerson

Diane M. Enerson

Program Director, MS in HESAA in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration
Professor in Psychology
Golisano Academic Center 327

Education: B.S., The Pennsylvania State University University Park and Knox College, (Biochemistry); M.A., University of Pittsburgh (Special Education); Ph.D. University of Chicago (learning psychology and research methods). 

Teaching Interests: Testing and assessment, multicultural psychology, culture and cognition, psychology of gender.

Research Interests: Cultural differences and impact of shared beliefs on learning, both in terms of what is learned and how it is learned, the nature of skilled performance in academic subjects. Factors affecting student learning in college.

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